Master of Science in Humanitarian Studies
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- Join an innovative graduate program dedicated exclusively to international humanitarian response
- Engage deeply in contemporary humanitarian issues, including forced migration, human rights in conflict, urban disasters, and education in crises
- Cultivate an extensive network of high-qualified graduate program alumni and practitioners through the Institute of International Humanitarian Affairs
- Learn policy making and project management skills and techniques from faculty with both academic and field experience in humanitarian relief and assistance
- Enrich your coursework with immersive internship, independent study and thesis research opportunities
"I don’t want to simply ‘help people’; I want to work toward common human goals, support people with empathy, respect, and dignity, and alleviate suffering while forging new paths toward an even playing field where the challenges of global inequality get smaller and smaller."
- Julia Britto, Current MSHS Student
You will be challenged to examine critically the political, social, economic, and legal foundations of the contemporary humanitarian sector, and to master various techniques to engage in holistic and sustainable responses to protracted and rapid onset humanitarian crises.
- Complete the MSHS in 1.5 years (3 semesters + 1 summer) or 2 years (4 semesters)
- Attend evening classes as a working professional or to accommodate internship schedules
- Take advantage of Fordham’s partnerships with academic institutions and humanitarian organizations to engage in local, national, and international research, internship, and study opportunities
"Understanding that pursuing the MSHS degree will increase my ability to help others is what truly motivates me to go to class each day."
- Andrew Ehrenfeld, Current MSHS Student & Instructor for Fordham’s Naval Reserve Officer Training Corps
The MSHS program is designed for individuals intending to build career in humanitarian action.
Whether in development, finance, policy coordination, advocacy, strategic communications, program/project management, logistics, or other areas of expertise, MSHS graduates will be exceptionally-equipped to contribute their skill sets and knowledge to humanitarian non governmental or intergovernmental organizations, government agencies, foundations, think tanks, or within the private sector. MSHS students have access to Fordham University’s Career Services, along with direct advising from the IIHA Executive Director, Helen Hamlyn Senior Fellow and Faculty.